#36daysoftype x #AtoZofJournaling

I have chosen my theme for #36daysoftype04 as Journaling. I have been journaling sporadically since I was 10. But the graph kept increasing to tremendously shooting up while I was nearing my twenties. Often I find all the answers to my questions & all the questions to my answers in my journey of diving within. My last art series 'You are the universe' (a part of my #Inktober2016 series), was about the same topic but on a more philosophical plane. I believe we are whole & complete in ourselves. We are the universe. We are everything & we are nothing. The way we perceive our existence in this world is directly related to the kind of relationship we have with our own self. 
In 'You are the universe' we explored the dreamy conceptual relationship of ourselves with ourselves. And now, in this #36daysoftype x #AtoZofJournaling, we will explore the same concept in a more practical, applicable day to day language.

I look forward to engaging with each one of you in a meaningful dialogue on this topic. If you've been journaling as well, tell me about your experiences. Do you love it? Tell me how much. Have some tips to share? Educate me please. If you like the concept of journaling but are struggling to do it, let's talk in this space with the hope (read assertion) of you gaining something, something shifting for you & it resulting into a personal transformation. If you don't like journaling, tell me why, let's discuss. If you have some other ways of living life, please share. :) All in all, let's have open conversations about ourselves and life.
 

ARTICULATION Get those twisted thoughts down on paper. I'm an obsessive thinker. Before articulating my thoughts religiously in my journals, I found it difficult to deal with my chattering mind. My speech was unusually fast. Often I didn't know how I was feeling, what I was thinking or what I wanted. Just the simple act of jotting down all my thoughts without judging them, freed my mind tremendously! It was in this process of learning the art of articulating my thoughts, that made me more empathetic towards myself & others around me.

ARTICULATION
Get those twisted thoughts down on paper.
I'm an obsessive thinker. Before articulating my thoughts religiously in my journals, I found it difficult to deal with my chattering mind. My speech was unusually fast. Often I didn't know how I was feeling, what I was thinking or what I wanted. Just the simple act of jotting down all my thoughts without judging them, freed my mind tremendously! It was in this process of learning the art of articulating my thoughts, that made me more empathetic towards myself & others around me.

BUBBLE Create your own bubble to get into while indulging in this blissful private activity of journaling. This bubble is where magic happens. I love creating physical as well as mental bubbles. When I was new with this entire process of journaling, I had to get into the perfect mood to start journaling. I would make the perfect coffee (not a coffee drinker anymore), the fan speed would be perfectly set, bedsheets tucked in neatly, windows opened just right, my writing pad, notebook and sparkly pens perfectly aligned on the bed, ready to be put to use. I loved these 15 - 30 min dates with myself. As I kept journaling and dating myself for years, I realised the physical bubble was not mandatory anymore. I had developed the skill to journal anywhere, in any form. I was able to get into a mental bubble whenever I felt the urge to write something. Now I journal ongoingly throughout the day. I have just become more aware of my thoughts, feeling, ideas, that I can catch them as soon as they are formed. Now I sometimes journal in my sketchbook, in my diary, on post it notes and in my Evernote app. Initially I used to get stopped from journaling if for some reason I was not able to set aside exclusive 30 mins on my bed at home. But now even if I am on the go, running errands, I can feel my balance amidst the chaos because of this journaling practise. - I have chosen my theme for #36daysoftype as Journaling. I have been journaling sporadically since I was 10. But the graph kept increasing to tremendously shooting up while I was nearing my twenties. Often I find all the answers to my questions and all the questions to my answers in my journey of diving within. I believe we are whole and complete in ourselves. We are the universe. The way we perceive our existence in this world is directly related to the kind of relationship we have with our own self.  I look forward to engaging with each one of you in a meaningful, open conversations on this topic, about ourselves and life. Tag your folks in the comments below who you think can benefit from this #AtoZofJournaling series.

BUBBLE
Create your own bubble to get into while indulging in this blissful private activity of journaling. This bubble is where magic happens.
I love creating physical as well as mental bubbles. When I was new with this entire process of journaling, I had to get into the perfect mood to start journaling. I would make the perfect coffee (not a coffee drinker anymore), the fan speed would be perfectly set, bedsheets tucked in neatly, windows opened just right, my writing pad, notebook and sparkly pens perfectly aligned on the bed, ready to be put to use. I loved these 15 - 30 min dates with myself. As I kept journaling and dating myself for years, I realised the physical bubble was not mandatory anymore. I had developed the skill to journal anywhere, in any form. I was able to get into a mental bubble whenever I felt the urge to write something. Now I journal ongoingly throughout the day. I have just become more aware of my thoughts, feeling, ideas, that I can catch them as soon as they are formed. Now I sometimes journal in my sketchbook, in my diary, on post it notes and in my Evernote app. Initially I used to get stopped from journaling if for some reason I was not able to set aside exclusive 30 mins on my bed at home. But now even if I am on the go, running errands, I can feel my balance amidst the chaos because of this journaling practise.
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I have chosen my theme for #36daysoftype as Journaling. I have been journaling sporadically since I was 10. But the graph kept increasing to tremendously shooting up while I was nearing my twenties. Often I find all the answers to my questions and all the questions to my answers in my journey of diving within. I believe we are whole and complete in ourselves. We are the universe. The way we perceive our existence in this world is directly related to the kind of relationship we have with our own self. 
I look forward to engaging with each one of you in a meaningful, open conversations on this topic, about ourselves and life.

Tag your folks in the comments below who you think can benefit from this #AtoZofJournaling series.

COMPASSION Do it with compassion, don't strive to do it.  A lot of us have a long list of things we want to do/achieve. We want to be healthy, we strive for it. We want good grades, we strive for it. We want to have a work-life balance, we strive for it. Similarly I'm sure lot of you want to journal, and you strive to do it. Maybe you have also given up. Given up on journaling along with many other inspiring habits. The thing with journaling and most other good habits is that everybody can do it, but most won't.  Striving for something makes you put in a lot of energy, will power. Especially while building a new habit, if you are striving, you end up burning out your will power in striving towards your new goal. Sometimes that makes you give up on your goals, sometimes the guilt becomes so strong, that you just stop having bigger goals with a fear of not being able to achieve it or the fear of putting in too much efforts while striving to achieve it. What I have realized is, shifting the conversation from striving to compassion is the game changer. The moment I stop striving, and start being compassionate, start finding joy in the current moment, start doing things for my own self not because I am striving to achieve some goal in the far future, but because I love myself today in this moment and I want to be compassionate towards myself, is when magic happens. When I am compassionate towards my own self in this very moment, I more often than not tend to perform really well, because I love myself today and I want to give back to my mind and body for being alive and functioning to allow me to experience this very moment. Times when I used to strive for goals, I did achieve a lot of those goals, but it was by striving and hence I felt a constant pressure on myself. The times when I acted out of compassion, magic happened.

COMPASSION
Do it with compassion, don't strive to do it. 
A lot of us have a long list of things we want to do/achieve. We want to be healthy, we strive for it. We want good grades, we strive for it. We want to have a work-life balance, we strive for it. Similarly I'm sure lot of you want to journal, and you strive to do it. Maybe you have also given up. Given up on journaling along with many other inspiring habits. The thing with journaling and most other good habits is that everybody can do it, but most won't. 
Striving for something makes you put in a lot of energy, will power. Especially while building a new habit, if you are striving, you end up burning out your will power in striving towards your new goal. Sometimes that makes you give up on your goals, sometimes the guilt becomes so strong, that you just stop having bigger goals with a fear of not being able to achieve it or the fear of putting in too much efforts while striving to achieve it.

What I have realized is, shifting the conversation from striving to compassion is the game changer. The moment I stop striving, and start being compassionate, start finding joy in the current moment, start doing things for my own self not because I am striving to achieve some goal in the far future, but because I love myself today in this moment and I want to be compassionate towards myself, is when magic happens.

When I am compassionate towards my own self in this very moment, I more often than not tend to perform really well, because I love myself today and I want to give back to my mind and body for being alive and functioning to allow me to experience this very moment. Times when I used to strive for goals, I did achieve a lot of those goals, but it was by striving and hence I felt a constant pressure on myself. The times when I acted out of compassion, magic happened.

DAILY Make journaling a daily practice. 'Daily' - that's the key word.  It's super simple to journal everyday. You just need a book, pen, 10 minutes; no physical or mental strenuous effort. Just these simple things, every day for 30 days. Yes, doing this simple thing for 30 days is the difficult part. But keep at it. Remember, the way of compassion. (Refer the post description for letter 'c' to know about compassion.)💝 Decide how much time you wish to dedicate to journaling. It can be 5 mins to 30 mins. Set a specific time for it. Do it at the same time, every single day. Build a habit. I prefer journaling first thing in the morning (around 6am) right after I open my eyes. I first jot down my dream and then get to journaling. I love the half asleep - half awake drunken state of mind. This is also where most of my amaze ideas come from. Also, making time first thing in the morning is relatively easier - just wake up 15 mins earlier. If you’re not sure about all this, just try journaling for thirty days along with me. At the end of 30 days, evaluate yourself. See if you see some change/benefits. And decide to continue or not then. If you are wondering whether to start journaling or not, I hope you start today! If you have tried journaling before but gave it up because no time, no motivation etc, I hope you resume today!

DAILY
Make journaling a daily practice. 'Daily' - that's the key word. 
It's super simple to journal everyday. You just need a book, pen, 10 minutes; no physical or mental strenuous effort. Just these simple things, every day for 30 days. Yes, doing this simple thing for 30 days is the difficult part. But keep at it. Remember, the way of compassion. (Refer the post description for letter 'c' to know about compassion.)💝 Decide how much time you wish to dedicate to journaling. It can be 5 mins to 30 mins. Set a specific time for it. Do it at the same time, every single day. Build a habit. I prefer journaling first thing in the morning (around 6am) right after I open my eyes. I first jot down my dream and then get to journaling. I love the half asleep - half awake drunken state of mind. This is also where most of my amaze ideas come from. Also, making time first thing in the morning is relatively easier - just wake up 15 mins earlier.

If you’re not sure about all this, just try journaling for thirty days along with me. At the end of 30 days, evaluate yourself. See if you see some change/benefits. And decide to continue or not then.

If you are wondering whether to start journaling or not, I hope you start today! If you have tried journaling before but gave it up because no time, no motivation etc, I hope you resume today!

E for @evernote! I had to dedicate an alphabet post to my love for Evernote. It is insane the amount of people I have introduced to evernote & they have went on to introduce so many more! Evernote is the app I use the most on my phone as well as laptop. I use it for writing my daily reflections, to write down my daily schedule, to write down ideas. How I have organised my Evernote: I have broad categories of notebooks, and then notes under each notebook. I have ADAC notebook (shared with 4 people who work at ADAC), Ankita's personal notebook (private), daily reflections notebook (shared with 6 friends), Us (shared with best man @saptrix) In ADAC notebook, I have notes titled: Random ideas, ADAC retainers, ADAC business ideas, things to buy, ADAC blog ideas, ADAC policies, ADAC travels, ADAC intern, Work in pipeline, Pet projects, Problems (Here, we note down all the possible problems we have that we need a solution to. We don't think of the solution in this note. This note is just to vent out problems. Identifying the problem is the first step towards finding the solution to it. The intention is to try and come up with solutions to make our lives better as a team. In my personal notebook, I have notes titled: Text Dream documentation, Audio Dream Documentation (sometimes I'm just so so sleepy and tired to write down all the details of the dream. I generally have really detailed dreams and I feel the urge to document every minute detail of it. Almost always I fall asleep while writing down my dreams), yearly goals, monthly goals, weekly goals, daily schedule, ideas, instagram stories, pet projects, interesting conversations with people, productive tiny collabs with bestman, what i love doing, interviews, random musings, series, what i want to do, haiku, buy, habits to form, and lots more. Overall, I love Evernote and strongly recommend it for organizing thoughts. How many Evernote fans here? 🐘

E for @evernote!
I had to dedicate an alphabet post to my love for Evernote.

It is insane the amount of people I have introduced to evernote & they have went on to introduce so many more!

Evernote is the app I use the most on my phone as well as laptop. I use it for writing my daily reflections, to write down my daily schedule, to write down ideas.

How I have organised my Evernote:
I have broad categories of notebooks, and then notes under each notebook. I have ADAC notebook (shared with 4 people who work at ADAC), Ankita's personal notebook (private), daily reflections notebook (shared with 6 friends), Us (shared with best man @saptrix)

In ADAC notebook, I have notes titled: Random ideas, ADAC retainers, ADAC business ideas, things to buy, ADAC blog ideas, ADAC policies, ADAC travels, ADAC intern, Work in pipeline, Pet projects, Problems (Here, we note down all the possible problems we have that we need a solution to. We don't think of the solution in this note. This note is just to vent out problems. Identifying the problem is the first step towards finding the solution to it. The intention is to try and come up with solutions to make our lives better as a team.

In my personal notebook, I have notes titled: Text Dream documentation, Audio Dream Documentation (sometimes I'm just so so sleepy and tired to write down all the details of the dream. I generally have really detailed dreams and I feel the urge to document every minute detail of it. Almost always I fall asleep while writing down my dreams), yearly goals, monthly goals, weekly goals, daily schedule, ideas, instagram stories, pet projects, interesting conversations with people, productive tiny collabs with bestman, what i love doing, interviews, random musings, series, what i want to do, haiku, buy, habits to form, and lots more.

Overall, I love Evernote and strongly recommend it for organizing thoughts. How many Evernote fans here? 🐘